Asia’s lockdown gains are coffin-makers’ losses

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Asia’s lockdown gains are coffin-makers’ losses

The region has seen a dramatic drop in road fatalities, killer pollutants, crime and deaths from flu

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Emergency workers, usually busy attending accidents on Thailand’s roads, mill around ambulances parked at a service station — fewer crashes and crimes a welcome outcome for several Asian countries during coronavirus lockdowns.

As Asia starts to assess the damage caused by the pandemic, some countries are realising there have been unforeseen benefits.

Vietnam has seen a drop in crime, Hong Kong has hailed an early end to its annual flu season and Thailand is seeing a much-needed win in road safety...

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